The Tyndale Monument
is a tower
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built on a hill at North Nibley
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. It was built in honour of William Tyndale
William Tyndale was an English scholar and translator who became a leading figure in Protestant reformism towards the end of his life. He was influenced by the work of Desiderius Erasmus, who made the Greek New Testament available in Europe, and by Martin Luther...
, a translator of the New Testament
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, who is believed to have been born at North Nibley.
The tower was constructed in 1866 and is 111 ft (34 m) tall. It is possible to enter and climb to the top of the tower, up a spiral staircase
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of about 120 steps. The hill it is on allows a wide range of views, especially looking down to the River Severn
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A nearby topograph points to some other landmarks visible. The hill on which the monument stands is quite steep. There are two main paths, one which goes up steep steps, or one that follows a rough slope. The tower itself is surrounded by fencing and has floodlights that light up the tower at night.
The door to the tower is normally unlocked on weekends, otherwise you can get the key from the village shop. A deposit is required for borrowing the key and the there is a nominal admission charge. Locally, it is commonly called Nibley Monument rather than its official name.
There is a plaque
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on the front of the tower. The text engraved on it reads:
- ERECTED A.D. 1866
- IN GRATEFUL REMEMBRANCE OF
- WILLIAM TYNDALE
- TRANSLATOR OF THE ENGLISH BIBLE
- WHO FIRST CAUSED THE NEW TESTAMENT
- TO BE PRINTED IN THE MOTHER TONGUE
- OF HIS COUNTRYMEN
- BORN NEAR THIS SPOT HE SUFFERED
- MARTYRDOM AT VILVORDEN IN
- FLANDERS ON OCT 6 1536
The monument is a landmark
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that can be seen for miles, even in places as far as Bristol
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over 20 miles away. In the town of Thornbury
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there is a street called Tyndale View where the tower can be seen from approximately 10 miles away.
Further down the Cotswold Edge, at Hawkesbury, is the Somerset Monument, erected in 1846, and the design of the Tyndale tower has features in common with this.